God Does Not Forsake Us When We Fail
David was a hard-working shepherd.
David was a passionate worshipper.
David was a respected leader.
However, David also committed adultery, had Uriah killed, and displeased the Lord on several occasions. You would think that these sinful actions would have forfeited any promise for a significant role in God’s kingdom.
If your reputation is ruined, is your legacy doomed?
David’s road was certainly not an easy one. Sin indeed demands payment and comes with consequences. David faced heartache in both his family and his kingdom. However, God brought him through, eventually redeeming David’s reputation. He is not known for his failures; he is known for his heart for God.
David wrote this humble, prayerful song, expressing his desire to still be used by God:
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”
Psalms 138:8 ESV
Actions matter. But heart matters more. And only God truly knows your heart.
Many people truly desire to please God, but have experienced personal failure. God’s grace is greater than your sin. His grace overcomes. You may have failed, but the race is not over yet.
Get up! Stop wallowing in the pit of shame – that hellish place where demons taunt you about your past and give you no hope for the future.
Repent! That word is far more important and liberating than you may have imagined. Confess your sins to God and to whomever else you need to confess. Be filled with sorrow for your selfishness and disobedience. Be determined to walk in a new direction to please God and honor others.
Follow Jesus! Every day. With your whole heart. Wherever He leads.
Let Jesus be the Savior.
He is very good at redeeming and restoring.
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